Is Your Wisdom Tooth Causing You Pain Or Discomfort?

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people have wisdom teeth emerging with no problem, but others may not be so lucky. One or more of your wisdom teeth may be prevented from erupting fully in your mouth due to blockage from surrounding molars, jaw bone and/or gums. This leads to impacted wisdom teeth which may partially emerge or never break through the gums.


What are the causes of wisdom teeth pain?

While many individuals accommodate these teeth with no discomfort or issues, others experience complications that intensify with age. Without extraction, you may experience recurrent infections and pain that require extensive treatment, medications and more.

Wisdom teeth pain and discomfort is extremely common.

Most of the time, the pain occurs when your jaw has insufficient space to accommodate the wisdom teeth and they cannot fully erupt. When this happens, your wisdom tooth is either partially erupted or entirely buried beneath the gums.


When the tooth is only partially erupted.

The area beneath the gum which partially covers the wisdom tooth is extremely hard to clean and is a breeding ground for bacteria. This results in an increased risk of infection of the wisdom tooth.


When the tooth is buried entirely beneath the gum and cannot erupt.

The tooth may be growing at an angle which pushes against the adjacent fully-developed tooth. This causes pain when the surrounding gum is infected. This also increases the risk of infection and tooth decay, and may even impact the adjacent healthy tooth.


When the tooth is infected or decayed.

It may cause pain and swelling around the area. In these causes, you may need a wisdom tooth removal – either via tooth extraction or surgery.


Situations Where Wisdom Teeth May Need To Be Removed

  • Your Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Pain
  • You Can’t Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene Around Your Wisdom Teeth (Food Gets Stuck Easily etc)
  • Neighbouring Teeth Are Decaying
  • Gum Inflammation Around Your Wisdom Tooth

What should I expect during a wisdom tooth extraction procedure?

You will be given local anaesthesia to numb the surrounding gum area. During the extraction procedure, it is normal to feel some pressure and minor discomfort when the dentist tugs and extracts the tooth. After the procedure, your dentist will provide gauze for you to bite down on to aid the wound in clotting and healing. Wisdom tooth extraction should not be painful because the area will be numb. If you feel any pain during the procedure, inform your dentist or oral surgeon immediately to receive more anaesthetic.

What is the ideal age for wisdom tooth removal?

Dentists recommend removal of wisdom teeth during your late teens or early twenties because the removal will be more straightforward. The recovery time is also generally shorter for younger people.

Caring For The Area After The Procedure - The Do’s and Don’ts

After your wisdom tooth removal, you may experience some minor bleeding. This can be controlled easily by biting on gauze. If you had wisdom tooth surgery, you will be given up to a week of medical leave to recover.

The Do’s

Here are safety after-care tips

  • Take the pain medication or antibiotics (if you had a wisdom tooth surgery) as prescribed by your dentist
  • Rest for the remainder of the day after your procedure
  • Apply ice packs to the outside of your mouth intermittently if you experience any swelling
  • After 24 hours, you may brush your teeth gently and carefully around the extraction area
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water or antibacterial mouthwash to assist in healing and keeping the area clean
  • Contact your dentist if you feel prolonged bleeding, pain or swelling in the surgery area


The Don’ts

During this period, you should avoid the following:

  • Brushing your teeth for at least 24 hours after the extraction or surgical procedure
  • Spitting or rinsing your mouth out with liquid
  • Sucking liquid through a straw
  • Drinking carbonated drinks
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Strenuous physical activities

This is to prevent any physical stress to your dental wound. After the extraction procedure, a blood clot will form in the tooth socket which helps your body speed up the healing process.


If you engage in any of the activities stipulated above, the blood clot may be dislodged, resulting in the bones and nerves to be exposed and this will be extremely painful. Do contact your dentist if your blood clot is dislodged or if you experience prolonged pain after your procedure.


What foods can I eat after extracting my wisdom teeth?

After your wisdom tooth extraction, it is advisable to only chew on the opposite side of your mouth from the extraction area. It may be tempting to use a straw especially when you’re starting off with a liquid diet. However, it is important that you don’t use one as the suction of the straw can dislodge the blood clots in your tooth socket and lengthen your recovery.

For the first 24 hours after your wisdom tooth surgery, we recommend starting off with a liquid diet, comprising foods such as fruit juices and water. It is also important that you choose cool foods. Examples are ice cream, yoghurt, and gelato. If you choose ice cream, avoid flavours containing crunchy nuts and chewy candy pieces as it may be difficult for you to bite.

From the next day onwards, you can try eating soft foods such as porridge, steamed vegetables, soups, steamed fish, beans, and even eggs. Do not eat these foods hot. Rather, wait for them to be lukewarm or cool before eating.

Avoid eating spicy foods, anything hard or chewy, and also acidic foods and drinks (like lemon juice). If you are still on medication, avoid consuming alcohol as well. If you find it difficult to bite tough proteins and meat after your surgery, you can consider getting more of your protein from dairy products.


Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Tooth Removal In Singapore

How do I know whether I have wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop. They are located on each side of the jaw, at the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. If you experience any pain symptoms and have trouble opening your jaw, swollen gums or pain localised at the back of your mouth when you bite, it might be wise to book an appointment with the dentist to check if your wisdom tooth is causing the pain.

Sometimes, it is difficult to detect your wisdom teeth on your own, especially if they are impacted and have not erupted through the gums. The best way to check is at a regular dentist check-up, where your dentist will perform an X-Ray to check the location of your wisdom tooth and advise you on the next steps forward. 


How much does wisdom tooth extraction or surgery cost?

Our wisdom tooth extractions start from as low as $350. However, the exact amount for your procedure would depend on the complexity of your specific procedure and is based on a per extraction/surgery basis.

Book an appointment with our clinic and our dentists can advise you on a procedure for your specific needs!


Can I claim the wisdom tooth surgery from my Medisave?

Yes. As Kong Dental is a Medisave Accredited clinic, you can claim up to $1250 from your Medisave for your wisdom tooth surgery if you are a Singaporean or PR. 

I have an impacted wisdom tooth but it’s not painful. Do I need to do an extraction or surgery?

Not all wisdom teeth require removal. This depends on a few factors, such as how it is growing, or if it’s affecting the dental health of your other teeth and the surrounding gums. It’s best to consult your dentist, who will be able to assess the overall situation and advise you with a proper treatment plan.


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      • Choa Chu Kang (Limbang Shopping Centre)

        533 Choa Chu Kang St 51 #02-08
        Limbang Shopping Center
        Singapore 680533
        Tel: +65 6769 5833



      • Yew Tee Point

        21 Choa Chu Kang North 6 #01-27 Singapore 689578
        Tel: +65 6767 9502
        (Please Enter The Clinic From Outside The Mall)




      • Jurong East

        Blk 134, Jurong Gateway Road
        Singapore 600134
        Tel: +65 6251 3098




      • Teck Whye Lane

        Block 143, Teck Whye Lane
        Singapore 680143
        Tel: +65 6219 5898




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        Block 475, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3
        #02-06, Sunshine Place
        Singapore 680475
        Tel: +65 6493 2587




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